Doc Trog Makes a Call on the Hospital de Órbigo

And discovers there isn’t a hospital THERE anymore. Which was unfortunate  – might have been nice if there HAD been one there… Pony’s got the “pilgrim crud” (I suspect the ALSA bus ride and am tempted to call it ALSA-itis). 🙁

Interesting albergue Pony picked (probably some sort of revenge). Organic vegetarian menu (I must have done SOMETHING to annoy her). Kinda unclear as to the owner and management of the place – seem like people who should have been hippies once a couple of generations ago. Lots of sitting around and singing. But the rate is reasonable and the WiFi is robust.

Pony, however, owes me a stay at a place that serves thick steaks for dinner and is run by a bunch of vaqueros…

Door at bottom of bell tower goes up in bell tower. Spiral staircase made ENTIRELY of wood beams. Interesting as it was eerie...
Door at bottom of bell tower goes up in bell tower. Spiral staircase made ENTIRELY of wood beams. Interesting as it was eerie…
Front view of church with the wild staircase at Villavante.
Front view of church with the wild staircase at Villavante.
Church at Hospital de Óribigo. Unique shape keeps it free of stork nests. Or someone goes up and evicts them.
Church at Hospital de Óribigo. Unique shape keeps it free of stork nests. Or someone goes up and evicts them.
Look ma - no storks.
Look ma – no storks.
Plaque to the Hospital that USED to be there for pilgrims. Sure could have used one TODAY - or at least an open pharmacy...
Plaque to the Hospital that USED to be there for pilgrims. Sure could have used one TODAY – or at least an open pharmacy…
O'er the ramparts Pony watched...
O’er the ramparts Pony watched…
"El Paso Honroso" - the Honorable Pass - commemorating some love-sick knight who jousted 300 knights. Except for the jousting part, it might have made a good Disney movie.
“El Paso Honroso” – the Honorable Pass – commemorating some love-sick knight who jousted 300 knights after he was jilted by some fair damsel. Except for the jousting part, it might have made a good Disney movie.

6 Replies to “Doc Trog Makes a Call on the Hospital de Órbigo”

  1. You make me worry when you put words like “Hospital” in your titles. I’m just saying. Take good care of Pony, and yourself too, while you’re at it. Also, I know I’m not commenting much lately, but I’m still happily and loyally following the adventures.

    1. Sorry – it’s the name of the place (there are a couple of places on the route that go by that first name).

      Wish one if them went by the first name “dentista,” though – but more about the organic vegetarian pizza that destroyed my partial another time 🙁

    2. Nothing to worry about, just a case of the common cold that is nearly gone now. Many of the towns here have very interesting names that hint at the history of the area. In days of yore, the pilgrim hostels, which are now called albergues, were known as hospitals. Hospitals were a place of hospitality, not necessarily a place for sick or injured folks. This town just happened to grow up around the hospital de orbits, and has retained that name. Many of the towns we have gone through have French names, such as Villafranca, and Villamayor de Monjardin, from a time when national boundaries were very different and much more flexible.

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